A concrete staircase and curved lightwell draw gentle and views into Casa Vertical, a tall, slim residence in Porto, Portugal, which has been designed by native observe Tsou Arquitectos.
In response to the house’s skinny triangular website, Tsou Arquitectos selected to attach the areas of the dwelling vertically, giving the undertaking its identify.
Getting into alongside a storage, a hallway opens right into a central staircase that organizes the house, which was solid in uncovered concrete and lined with plywood panel balustrades.
With a view to facilitate visible connections throughout the staircase, the areas on both facet of the four-storey residence sit at half-floor intervals, creating glimpses between areas whereas additionally permitting gentle to unfold.
“The undertaking intends to accommodate the practical programme on a slim plot within the downtown space of the town,” defined the observe.
“Its organisation develops round a central staircase with the rooms distributed in half flooring. The staircase unifies the intervention, the place the guardrail unfolds like an origami piece,” it continued.
The house’s floor ground steps all the way down to a barely sunken studio area, which overlooks a small backyard on the rear of the house and is illuminated by a curving lightwell that cuts by means of to the first-floor front room above.
Above, the slim jap finish of the house additionally accommodates a kitchen, bed room and laundry room, with every degree overlooking the again of the location by means of a big window.
On the alternative facet of the staircase, the western facet of the house is occupied by the ground-floor storage.
The primary ground holds a eating room with a balcony, whereas bedrooms and loos are situated on the second and third flooring.
On the prime of Casa Vertical, a rooftop terrace overlooks the town under, completed with easy paving and and outside seating space.
Externally, the proportions of the house’s facade mirror these of its neighbours, however the constructing is completed in minimal white plaster and topped by a gently curving part.
“The home facade refers back to the typical Porto city home composition, with its vertical home windows, tripartition of the facade and the cornice prime,” defined the observe.
“The monolithic character is strengthened by the uniform end and the stereotomy of the facade’s strains,” it continued.
This minimalist character is carried by means of to the interiors, that are outlined by uncovered concrete, white partitions and timber carpentry to create a lightweight, pure palette.
“Uncooked supplies similar to cement on all flooring and tender wooden for doorways, cupboards and guardrails reinforce the unity of the residential undertaking, [with] marble stone utilized in kitchen counter tops and sanitary installations,” mentioned the observe.
Different residential tasks lately accomplished in Porto embody a tiny “palazzo” backyard room by native studio Fala Atelier and a house by structure practices WeStudio and Made incorporating mezzanines and light-filled residing areas.
The pictures is by Ivo Tavares Studio.